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New weigh stations give Oklahoma roads a chance

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 4, 2012
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What had been a long time coming didn't take very long to pay dividends for the state of Oklahoma. Just hours after it opened, a new high-tech weigh station identified a tractor-trailer rig that far exceeded the 80,000-pound weight limit.

Here's hoping it's the first of many successes for the facility that opened last week on Interstate 35 in Kay County, just inside the line from Kansas. Fewer overweight rigs means a longer life for our highways, and they can certainly use it.

Former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jeff Cloud began pushing for the new weigh stations, called ports of entry (POE), more than five years ago. In a 2007 op-ed in The Oklahoman, Cloud noted that most of our six aging weigh stations were closed or in such disrepair that they couldn't handle more than a few trucks at a time. As a result, “It is well known that any experienced trucker who wants to break the law and run overload in Oklahoma can do so with relative ease.”

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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